UFC Rochester: 6 takeaways from the UFCs first event in the Flower City – newyorkupstate.com

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Felicia Spencer open to Cyborg fight after UFC Rochester win, former champ accepts

Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil (R) outlasted Kevin Lee in their UFC Rochester main event before submitting the former lightweight title contender in the fourth round.

Before the start of the third round on Saturday night, Green scanned the crowd inside the Blue Cross Arena. Among the bright lights and 8,132 fans in attendance chanting his name, he looked over to section 123 and locked eyes with her.

Share Share UFC Rochester: Dos Anjos vs. Lee – Winners and Losers tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports There wasnt a lot of hype around the UFC Rochester card, but damn it if it didnt turn out to be one of the better cards of 2019… at least thus far. It featured one of the all-time great – no hyperbole – debuts as Michel Pereira demolished a respected Danny Roberts. Aspen Ladd and Sijara Eubanks threw down in one of the best back-and-forth contests in recent memory. Felicia Spencer announced her own arrival in the promotion with a dominant win over Megan Anderson and Rafael dos Anjos reestablished himself as a top-flight welterweight with a victory over Kevin Lee in another back-and-forth contest. Hell, even submission specialist Charles Oliveira got in on the act, scoring the first finish via strikes of his UFC career. 2019 has been kind to the UFC overall. UFC Rochester made the year even sweeter.

Some people dont even want their mom to be here, Green said. But like shes my best friend. Shes like my biggest fan. So being able to lock eyes with her in that third, it gave me that much more energy.

Rafael dos Anjos: 2018 was not a good year for dos Anjos. He was unable to secure a win, falling to Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman in five-round decisions. Many were questioning if his previous success at welterweight was a fluke or if he was on the backside of a long, albeit successful, career. Though many will still question whether he is a legit welterweight contender as Lee is a former lightweight himself, its obviously premature to say dos Anjos is past his prime. He weathered the early storm from Lee, allowing the younger fighter to exhaust himself in the process. Dos Anjos capitalized, securing a submission when he recognized Lee was mentally done. The former lightweight champion isnt going to be in any title shots any time soon, but hes set up to be in pivotal divisional contests for a while yet.

Submission! Watch Felicia Spencer choke out Megan Anderson in debut at UFC Rochester

His mothers calming presence gave Green, a Rochester native fighting in front of friends and family for the first time in the 585 under the UFC banner, the confidence he would need to defeat Charles Jourdain (9-2) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Rochester by unanimous decision.

Aspen Ladd: Usually, the first fight back from a fighters first loss is when we find out how they bounce back from adversity. After coming thisclose to being finished in the opening frame, Ladd maintained her composure to dominate the second and put on a competitive third round. In the process she scored her second victory over Sijara Eubanks, launching herself into top of the division. I can understand many being reluctant to say Ladd is ready to face the elite of the division – this was just her third UFC fight after all – but we are talking about womens bantamweight. That division is even more shallow than light heavyweight. Ladd is ready to test herself at the top.

Green now has two straight victories and three wins in his last four fights. This win in front of his hometown crowd is something that he will never forget.

Spencer had to eat a strong right hand by Anderson early but the undefeated Canadian quickly settled in as she pressed the action against the cage. It was a great gameplan for FeeNom considering Andersons size and punching power. Spencer leveraged her grappling skills to eventually get Anderson to the canvas, flatten her out, and lock in an impressive rear-naked choke finish.

UFC Rochester Results: Felicia Spencer submits Megan Anderson in Round 1 (VIDEO)

This is probably the highest high Ive been, Green said. I wish I could just pause this moment and live in this moment forever.

With this performance, Spencer makes good on her UFC debut and knocks off one of the very best female featherweights in the world today. If the 29-year-old is able to do this one more time she may quickly end up on the radar of current UFC womens bantamweight and womens featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.

UFC opponents Felicia Spencer and Megan Anderson have a common cause: Were fighting for our division

Ratner, a World Boxing Hall of Fame member, led the charge for legalization of MMA in New York state.

Felicia Spencer made her presence felt in her Octagon debut earlier tonight (Sat., May 18, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 10 live on ESPN+ from inside Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, when she choked out fellow former Invicta FC womens featherweight champion Megan Anderson in the very first round.

After a slow start to the featherweight bout between Julio Arce (16-3) and Julian Erosa (22-8), Arce landed a booming kick to the head of Erosa that resulted in a TKO at 1:39 of the third round.

“I knew our paths would cross, so its better to just get things going,” Spencer said. “Anyone that comes, anyone that wanted to fight me, Im ready to go. Everyone has their own challenges, Megan included. I didnt want to overlook her by any means. Shes definitely still very skilled and talented. Everyone should still be on the lookout for her skills. I just thought my skills would be able to trump her skills.” 

From that point on the atmosphere was electric as fans in attendance witnessed four more consecutive finishes.

That’s an accurate assessment. The question from here is, what’s next? Women’s featherweight is thin in the UFC, so unless the company signs another decent contender, her options seem to be champion Amanda Nunes, which would require a long wait, as she will defend her bantamweight belt against Holly Holm at UFC 239, or former champ Cris Cyborg.

When Desmond Greens signature song – Last Breath, by Future – hit the speakers on his way to the octagon, the hometown crowd erupted.

You could sense by the look on his opponents face that Jourdain was officially in enemy territory.

He didnt get the finish like he promised but his strong ground game and home field advantage was too much for Jourdain to handle.

Meanwhile, Felicia Spencer (6-0 MMA) will make her octagon debut at tonight’s UFC Rochester event. Spencer most recently competed this past November at Invicta FC 32, where she scored a fourth round submission victory over Pam Sorenson – capturing the promotions vacant featherweight title in the process.

Green injured his right elbow during the fight and will have a MRI as soon as he is done celebrating his victory.

A surprised look came across Megan Andersons face as she got up from the canvas on Saturday night.

One of the first times, from long ago, involved one a female security guard at a local amateur event. I was in the corner, I was one of the coaches for my team. I tried to go backstage with them and they said, no girlfriends allowed backstage. My team vouched for me and said shes a coach and shes a fighter. The security guard was an older lady and she looked at me and said, Oh, you must get beat up a lot. Everyone had their jaws on the floor. We all laughed about it. Those kind of comments are funny, she laughed. It still happens to this day. Can you show me your credentials because there are no girlfriends allowed backstage type of thing. It is what it is, it comes with the territory. It doesnt really bother me.

Anderson, who was coming off a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano, couldnt overcome the strong grappling skills of Felicia Spencer as she fell victim to a rear naked choke submission by Felicia Spencer (7-0) at 3:24 mark of round 1.

This is a tough loss for Anderson as she suffers the second loss of her UFC career. She shows a lot of potential and huge upside with her nasty striking skills, but this one might have her on the outside looking in.

I feel a healthy amount of pressure. I feel very comfortable at the same time. I dont feel anxiety or bad feelings towards myself. I feel like there is pressure on both of us to perform well, she expressed. Right now, were not just fighting for ourselves, were fighting for our division. A good showing is really important to show its not just about one-trick ponies in the featherweight division. There are women that deserve to be here. This is definitely my time to make a statement.

Pereira (23-9, 2NC) toyed with Danny Roberts (16-5) throughout the fight as he climbed the side of the cage multiple times in an attempt to land a superman punch and even attempted a somersault kick.

After some initial striking, Spencer (7-0-0) pulled Anderson down to the ground, forced her to roll over with punches and clamped onto her back. Then she flattened out the lanky Australian, sunk in a rear-naked choke and forced Anderson (9-4-0) to tap at 3:24 of the first round.

He missed on both accounts but his unorthodox fighting style helped add to an already explosive night at the Blue Cross Arena.

Jourdain (9-2-0), was greeted by a chorus of boos from the hometown crowd as he made his UFC debut. The native of Beloeil, Que., who normally fights a weight class below at featherweight, had won his last four fights but came in as a heavy underdog.

Pereira finished Roberts with a lethal flying knee and punch combo right hand to the chin at the 1:47 mark of the first round giving him his first UFC win.

Green had the better of the striking in the first round and took Jourdain down with 90 seconds remaining. Jourdain landed some leg kicks in the second, seemingly growing in confidence as the round wore on.

Rafael Dos Anjos (29-11) has gone head-to head with the best welterweight fighters that the UFC has to offer in Robbie Lawler (28-13), Kamaru Usman (15-1) and Colby Covington (14-1).

Australian star Whittaker will be defending his middleweight title against Adesanya, the New Zealand phenom who won the interim strap against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236. While Aussie featherweight Alex Volkanovski has also roared into title contention by beating Brazilian legend Jose Aldo recently, Anderson is running her own race.

His experience within the division was on display for fans in attendance and sent a message to the rest of the welterweight division.

In a grueling fight that lasted nearly four rounds, Dos Anjos wore down Kevin Lee (17-2) early on in the fight en route to an arm triangle choke 3:47 into the fourth round.

Past Spencer is long-time target Cris 'Cyborg' Justino, who unleashed a decade-long reign of terror over women's MMA – until she was toppled in brutal fashion by Amanda Nunes, a fellow Brazilian who now holds both the 135 and 145-pound belts.

At 34 years old, Dos Anjos is still climbing the ranks of the contenders list and will look to add two more fights to his resume by the end of 2019.

UFC newcomer is open to fighting Cris Cyborg after defeating Megan Anderson, and she may just get what she wished for.

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